Welsh born pianist Llyr Williams has recorded a box set of all the Beethoven Piano Sonatas taped live at the exquisite chamber music spot, the Wigmore Hall in London for the Signum Classics label. He’s calling the set Beethoven Unbound. He’s included lots of Beethoven extras and he tells you which one is the craziest, what to do if you visit Wales and much more in this Voice of the Arts conversation with Jim Cunnigham.
Members of the Pittsburgh Savoyards stopped by WQED-FM to talk about their upcoming production of "The Yeoman of the Guard."
The Miro Quartet have been playing recording the Beethoven Quartets with great success for a number of years now. Cellist Joshua Gindele joins a colleague to talk about the Quartet No 14 in c sharp minor op 131 when it was released in the Spring of 2018. Joshua played as a soloist when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony with Barbara Yahr conducting. He is a graduate of Fox Chapel High School, returning in 2016 to honor Mairi Cooper Pennsylvania Music Teacher of the Year. Joshua’s Dad Jerry was a long time member of the Youth Symphony Board who won the CNG Vita Award presented by WQED-FM.
Jeff Howell, veteran Civic Light Opera star has performed dozens of roles on area sages and appeared in several films including the Cemetery Club. Now he stars as Judge Turpin in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland Pa. Beaver County with some of the best young professional talent in the area. He joins Lindsay Courteau and Jim Cunningham to describe the joys of the music and theatrical magic with no shortage of Halloween blood. Visit Mr’s Lovett’s Pie shop with Prohibition Pastry Pie in the black box theater too also serving beer and wine. Cherry would be nice! Opening night is October 5 running through the 21st.
Mezzo Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano returns to Pittsburgh October 5 and 7 2018 to sing the Jeremiah Symphony No 1 by Leonard Bernstein which she recently recorded with the Baltimore Symphony. She describes the beauty of the music and the dramatic premiere in Pittsburgh in 1944 with Bernstein conducting his own music a the Syria Mosque. She also fills us in on the role she will sing this season at the Metropolitan Opera, Meg Page in Falstaff in March 2019. She returns at the end of the season to sing Beethoven’s Ninth with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Pittsburgh Symphony Assistant Conductor Andres Franco leads a free Regional Asset District Radical Days concert opening with the Barber School for Scandal Overture Tuesday October 9 2018 at 7:30 at Heinz Hall with the Duquesne University Young Artists Competition playing the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto plus Dvorak’s American Suite and Bernstein’s Candide Overture. All the latest from the Music Director of the Tulsa Signature Symphony who knows rich coffee flavor when he experiences it having been born in Colombia.